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Dominican Republic dominates TripAdvisor’s Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

Dominican Republic dominates TripAdvisor’s Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

Posted by PanamericanWorld on November 13, 2015

The travel site TripAdvisor has announced its annual Travelers’ Choice rankings for the best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts based on thousands of reviews and user opinions.

This year, the Dominican Republic dominated the list with five out of the top 10 picks, consolidating its popularity by taking the first, second and third spots.

Jamaica and Cuba were the only other destinations to secure multiple nods, taking two spots each.

The full list of TripAdvisor’s top-ranked Caribbean all-inclusive resorts follows:

1. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

TripAdvisor reviews have referred to this adults-only resort as “paradise.” Located on a private island, the property is said to offer guests a luxurious, peaceful, and relaxing experience. The hotel got top marks for the attentive staff that cater to guests around the clock. A selection of suites and private beach villas make it an ideal couples’ getaway.

2. The Reserve at Paradisus, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Designed with families in mind, this 170-room resort offers activities for children including a dedicated play zone with splash pools and skate ramps, as well as a supervised “Kid’s Camp.” While the children are occupied, parents can enjoy the resort spa, entertainment and fine dining options. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “This resort was beautiful, rooms were awesome, food was exotic yet simple and the scenery was better than I could’ve imagined.”

3. Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro, Dominican Republic

The top-ranked of three Iberostar properties on the top 10, The Grand is located on the 2015 Travelers’ Choice award-winning Bavaro Beach. The adults-only resort comprises 272 rooms, each with views of the ocean or expansive gardens. The property also boasts ornate architecture and has a superior selection of dining options. A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “This hotel has it all – gorgeous views, relaxing atmosphere, top-notch facilities, and the friendliest staff around! We were greeted with complimentary champagne at check-in and continued to be waited on hand and foot throughout the week.”

4. Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Jamaica

Overlooking the shoreline, this five-star resort offers hundreds of suites surrounded by lush gardens and sweeping waterfront vistas. By day, guests of all ages can try their hand at snorkelling, kayaking or windsurfing before unwinding for dinner in one of the property’s highly-acclaimed restaurants. A kids’ club is included in the many options. “The food, service, rooms, pools, entertainment and beach are second to none. It seems like every time I go it just gets better and better,” a TripAdvisor reviewer enthused.



5. Galley Bay Resort, St John’s, Antigua

This laid-back, 40-acre resort boasts a three-quarter-mile white sand beach and is said to be the ultimate escape for travellers seeking rest and relaxation. Guests can kick back by the pool, jog along trails, visit the bird sanctuary, or take advantage of stand-up paddle boards and other complimentary activities. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “It’s more than the aqua blue water, sugar sand beaches, cliffs, sunsets, butterflies, chirping tree frogs and finches. People really seem to love coming back to this place and I can understand why.”

6. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

This adults-only resort was No. 1 on last year’s all-inclusive list and reportedly continues to provide an unforgettable vacation. Travelers can dine in some of Cuba’s finest restaurants and sample culinary delights created by top chefs. “The resort offers a great balance of relaxation and entertainment, beautiful beaches and pools, exceptional personalized service and some of the best food I’ve had in Cuba,” shared a TripAdvisor reviewer.

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba


7. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

In between lounging on the beach and swimming, visitors to this resort are offered a variety of activities including golf, dance classes, sushi-making, wine tasting and more. The resort is also said to go out of its way to please children. A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “The service and quality of everything and everyone is top-notch! Can’t think of a better way to spend a vacation if you’re looking for warm beautiful weather, a beach, pool, and relaxing with loved ones!”

8. Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

Located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, this five-star property caters to children and adults offering a range of recreational options from “Lucy’s Club” for kids to live shows and music at night for the young-at-heart. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The grounds are well- maintained, the beaches are pristine white sand, drinks are premium and the staff is the most accommodating you will find at any hotel. Book ahead as this resort fills quickly due to its popularity and excellent service.”

9. Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios. Jamaica

Tucked away on a coral bluff, this opulent 74-room oceanfront property is called an “all-butler resort” and service extends to the beach, where options include scuba diving. “This was our first stay at the Royal Plantation and I relied heavily on the reviews I read when booking. We were not disappointed! This is the perfect place if you want small, relaxing and all-inclusive top-notch service,” wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.

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